JSE main market drops – Monday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,600.36 points to close at 301,598.10 and the JSE Index declined by 2,369.22 points to close at 274,789.99.
The market finished on Monday with 23 securities changing hands, 6 advanced, 10 declined and 6 traded firm with 3,390,479 units valued at $79,727,658 compared to 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 on Friday from 16 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 147,412 units for an average of $3,466,420 in contrast to 36,339 units for an average of $1,441,437 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,056 units valued at $3,297,675 and previously, 144,699 units valued at $3,267,354. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Proven Investments US ordinary share was the sole trade in the US dollar market, with 100,000 units valued at US$23,485 changing hands in closing 2 cents higher to 23.5 US cents, with the index rising 4.06 points to 176.96.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints falling $2.45, NCB Financial jumping $2.50 following last Friday’s announcement of a bid to acquire majority shares in Guardian Holdings, Sagicor Group fell $3.30 in trading 1,594,318 units, while Scotia Group rose $1.
For more details of market activities see report – Falling prices dominant for JSE major – Monday

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Junior Market rise moderately – Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange gained moderate grounds on Monday, with the market index rising just 11.54 points to close at 2,630.22, as the prices of 4 securities advanced, 8 declined and 9 remained unchanged, on a day of modest trading.
Trading closed on Monday with 17 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,018,603 units valued at $4,155,191 compared to 712,528 units valued at $3,394,119 from 14 securities on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 59,918 units for an average of $244,423 in contrast to 50,895 units for an average of $242,437 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 88,937 units valued at $358,933 and previously 129,298 valued at $491,038. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, CAC 2000 settled 50 cents higher at $6.50, with 27,786 shares, Caribbean Cream traded at $5.30, with 100 units, Caribbean Producers closed with a loss of 11 cents at $3.99, with 53,286 shares trading, Consolidated Bakeries ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.85, with 100,000 stock units, Dolphin Cove finished at $17, with 100 shares. Express Catering ended trading 3 cents higher at $4.08, with 17,019 stock units, Jamaican Teas concluded trading with a loss of 34 cents at $3.50, with 71,150 units, Jetcon Corporation gained 30 cents at $4.70, with 47,000 shares, Key Insurance settled with a loss of 25 cents at $3.25, with 500 shares. Knutsford Express traded with a loss of 65 cents at $14.15, with 168 units, Lasco Distributors finished trading with a loss of 80 cents at $4.20, with 330,492 shares, Lasco Financial closed 10 cents higher at $4.75, with 65,368 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 40 cents at $3.30, with 159,985 stock units. Main Event concluded trading at $5.09, with 3,180 units, Medical Disposables finished with a loss of 10 cents at $4.95, with 68,000 shares, Paramount Trading settled at $3.08, with 1,153 shares and Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.80, with 73,316 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

West Indian Tobacco drops $5.24

West Indian Tobacco dropped $5.24 on Monday.

West Indian Tobacco (Witco) dropped sharply by $5.24, to a 52 weeks’ low of $107.75 with 1,600 shares trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday as 15 securities changed hands compared to 11 on Friday.
Demand for Witco shares had fallen significantly since the company posted third quarter results with lower profits of $276 million down from $373 million in 2016, following a big drop in demand and sales of cigarettes after consumption tax was hiked earlier in the year.
The market closed with 2 stocks advancing, 4 declining and 9 remaining unchanged as 176,689 shares traded at a value of $5,273,498 compared to Friday’s trades of 165,628 units valued at $2,492,376.

NCB Financial rose 12 cents on the TTSE on Monday.

The Composite Index fell by 0.27 points to 1,279.02, the All T&T Index declined 5.55 points to 1,751.86 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.69 points to close at 108.66.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising and volume changing hands are, Clico Investment rising 1 cent to close at $20.80 with 57,857 shares valued at $1,199,902 trading and NCB Financial Group traded 12 cents higher, ending at $6.15 with only 365 units being exchanged.
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining with volume changing hands are, Angostura Holdings with a loss of 5 cents, closing at $15 with 1,800 shares trading while JMMB Group closed at $1.74, losing 4 cents with 9,025 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL retreated from its recent record high in falling 25 cents to $25.75 in exchanging 3,646 shares.
Firm Trades| The volume and last traded prices of securities trading unchanged at the close on Monday are, First Caribbean International Bankthat ended at $9.30 with 1,000 units, First Citizens exchanged 4,146 shares at $32.01, Guardian Holdings held firm at $18 with 23,277 shares valued at $418,986. Massy Holdings traded 44,470 shares at $49 valued at $2,179,030, National Enterprises closed at $9.75 with 346 units, Point Lisas ended at $3.89 trading 1,000 units. Republic Financial Holdings closed at $100.50 with 963 units changing hands, Sagicor Financial remained at $7.95, trading 13,976 shares and Scotiabank held at $61 with 13,218 shares valued at $806,303 changing hands.

NCB pushes JSE main market up – Friday

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NCB jumps $4.75 on Friday after the Group disclosed bid for majority shares in Guardian Holdings.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday saw the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gaining 604.57 points to 304,198.46 and the JSE Index advancing 550.84 points to 277,159.21 as NCB Financial climbed $4.75 following their bid for majority shares in Guardian Holdings.
Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with just 16 securities changing hands of which 5 advanced, 6 declined and 5 traded firm with 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 compared to 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 on Thursday from 21 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 36,339 units for an average of $1,441,437, in contrast to 34,047 units for an average of $679,776 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014 and previously, 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints falling $2.45, NCB Financial jumping $4.75 after the Group announced a bid to acquire majority shares in Guardian Holdings and PanJam Investment fell $1.12 and Scotia Group fell $2.
For more details of market activities see report Trading falls on JSE main market – Friday.

Junior Market dips again – Friday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange lost grounds on Friday with the market index falling 38.51 points to close at 2,618.68 as the prices of 3 securities advanced, 2 declined and 9 remained unchanged on a day of modest trading.
Trading closed on Friday with 14 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 712,528 units valued at $3,394,119 compared to 846,648 units valued at $4,389,452 from 21 securities on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 50,895 units for an average of $242,437 in contrast to 40,317 units for an average of $209,022 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,298 valued at $491,038 and previously 99,196 valued at $394,709. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $32, with 4,531 shares, Caribbean Cream traded at $5.30, with 5,000 units, Eppley settled at $10, with 2,817 shares, General Accident traded 3 cents higher at $2.53, with 600 units, Jamaican Teas concluded trading with a loss of 16 cents at $3.84, with 60,500 units. Jetcon Corporation finished at $4.40, with 16,827 shares, Key Insurance settled at $3.50, with 4,000 shares, Lasco Distributors finished trading 80 cents higher at $5, with 23,000 shares, Lasco Financial closed at $4.65, with 438,833 shares. Lasco Manufacturing ended at $3.70, with 13,470 stock units, Medical Disposables finished at $5.05, with 300 shares, Paramount Trading settled 1 cent higher at $3.08, with 2,500 shares, Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.80, with 130,150 stock units and tTech finished trading with a loss of 50 cents at $5.50, with 10,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trading falls on JSE main market – Friday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 16 securities changing hands, 5 advanced, 6 declined and 5 traded firm, with 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 changing hands.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 604.57 points to close at 304,198.46 and the JSE Index gained by 550.84 points to close at 277,159.21.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $7.75, with 21,322 units, Berger Paints fell $2.45 to $14.55, with 3,000 shares, Cable & Wireless settled 9 cents higher at $1.09, with 2,660 shares, Carreras traded at $10.50, with 116,842 units, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 2,000 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended at $17.70, with 3,000 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 50 cents higher at $7, with 2,300 shares, JMMB Group settled at $24, with 1,414 shares, Mayberry Investments finished trading 95 cents higher at $5.95, with 106,457 shares. NCB Financial Group closed $4.75 higher at $97, with 197,918 shares, after the Group announced a bid to acquire up to 32 percent more shares in Guardian Holdings, to take their holdings in the Trinidadian finance house to 62 percent. PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of $1.12 at $41.38, with 4,962 units, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 25 cents at $1.50, trading 41,191 shares, Sagicor Group traded 10 cents higher at $38.10, with 26,739 units. Salada Foods Jamaica closed with a loss of 50 cents at $9, with 5,000 shares, Scotia Group ended with a loss of $2 at $51, with 4,623 stock units and Supreme Ventures settled at $10, with 42,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “NCB pushes JSE main market up – Friday.”

NCB takeover bid pushes Guardian to $18

Guardian Holdings closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $18 on TTSE after NCB disclosed bid for 32% more shares..

Guardian Holdings’ share jumped $1.45 to $18, trading 69,236 shares on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, in response of a bid to acquire 74 million shares by NCB Financial Group at US$2.35 each.
Guardian was closing at the highest price in 52 weeks which is the equivalent of US$2.66 compared to US$2.35 that is offered by NCB. With a 29.99 percent equity interest acquired in 2016, the NCB Financial Group will most likely command a 62 percent stake in Guardian Holdings when the offer closes as data suggest that the deal is sown up long ago with Arthur Lock Jack almost sure to surrender the shares owned directly or indirectly by him along with a few others.
At the close of trading market activity resulted in 11 securities changing hands compared to 14 on Thursday with 3 stocks advancing, 2 declining and 6 holding firm as 165,628 shares traded at a value of $2,492,376 compared to Thursday’s trades of 221,067 valued at $3,013,733.
The Composite Index gained 5.26 points to 1,279.29, the All T&T Index advanced 13.84 points to 1,757.41 and the Cross Listed Index lost 0.47 points to close at 107.97.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 5 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| Securities rising at the close on Friday are Ansa McAL regained losses from the previous day, rising $3.02 to $63.02 with 10,000 shares valued at $630,200 trading, Guardian Holdings closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $18, after rising $1.45 and trading 69,236 shares valued at $1,192,342 and Sagicor Financial traded 4 cents higher to $7.95 in exchanging 13,000 shares.
Losses| Jamaican based JMMB Group fell 10 cents and closed at $1.78 trading 31,500 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL dropped $1 to settle at $26 with 4,250 shares changing hands.
Firm Trades| Securities trading unchanged are Angostura Holdings exchanged 9,513 shares at $15.05, Clico Investment remained at $20.79 with 7,610 shares trading, First Citizens traded 1,381 shares at $32.01. National Enterprises closed at $9.75 with 1,010 units, National Flour Mills ended with 17,932 stock units at $1.90 and Scotiabank held firm at $61 with 196 units.

JSE main market falls back – Thursday

Investors chopped $1.65 off the price of NCB Financial on Thursday.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Thursday with 21 securities changing hands, compared to 25 on Wednesday but the market indices fell back with stocks rising edging out those that fell.
By the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 954.19 points to 303,596.51 and the JSE Index declined by 869.38 points to 276,610.75 as the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 trading, compared to 9,894,407 units valued at $132,996,713 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 34,047 units for an average of $679,776 in contrast to 412,267 units for an average of $5,541,530 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014 and previously, 227,449 units valued at $4,185,528. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Proven Investments US ordinary share was the sole trade in the US dollar market, with 8,125 units changing hands in closing 1 cent lower to 22 US cents, with the index slipping 1.77 points to 172.8 and JMMB Group 6% US preference share traded 1,210 units at $1.15.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints with a rise of $2.45, Grace Kennedy with a rise of $1, followed by a rise of $1.40, JMMB Group falling by $1 and NCB Financial, down $1.65.
For more details of market activities see report –  9 JSE stocks rise 6 fall – Thursday.

9 JSE stocks rise 6 fall – Thursday

Berger Paints price jumped $2.45 on Thursday

When trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 954.19 points to 303,596.51 and the JSE Index declined by 869.38 points to 276,610.75 as the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 trading.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints jumped $2.45 higher to $17, with 2,243 shares, an indication that selling at lower levels is limited. Cable & Wireless settled with a loss of 2 cents at $1, with 19,950 shares, Carreras traded with a loss of 10 cents at $10.50, with 54,125 units, Grace Kennedy closed $1 higher at $43, with 24,781 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended 54 cents higher at $17.70, with 1,864 stock units. Jamaica Producers concluded trading 90 cents higher at $15.10, with 10,000 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with a loss of 50 cents at $6.50, with 3,000 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of $1 at $24, with 48,960 shares, Kingston Wharves traded 20 cents higher at $32.70, with 11,539 units. NCB Financial Group closed with a loss of $1.65 at $92.25, as 66,022 shares traded, Portland JSX finished 20 cents higher at $8.50, with 1,929 shares, Pulse Investments settled 30 cents higher at $1.75, with 61,000 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1, with 2,316 stock units. Sagicor Group traded at $38, with 28,366 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 10,279 shares, Salada Foods closed 69 cents higher at $9.50, with 60,000 shares, Scotia Group ended 20 cents higher at $53, with 18,587 stock units. Seprod finished at $30, with 25,000 shares and Supreme Ventures ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $10, with 101,330 stock units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.90, with 6,837 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.15, with 156,851 stock units.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “JSE main market falls back – Thursday.”

2 new highs 2 new lows on TTSE

Scotiabank traded at a 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

Falling stock prices, outpaced rising stocks more than 2 to 1, at the close of trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday. All three market indices declined, as two declining stocks shed large amounts, while 2 each traded at 52 weeks’ high and low.
Ansa McAL declined by $3.03, to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $60 with just 2,028 shares trading, Republic Financial Holdings also closed at a 52 weeks’ low after losing $1.50 to end at $100.50, with 252 units changing hands while Scotiabank advanced $1 to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $61 with 1,500 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained $1.95 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $27 trading 3,300 shares. Scotiabank’s move is reflective of a rise in profit before Taxation of 11 percent and 5 percent after an increase in corporation tax rate in that country. Earnings per share ended the year at $3.73 for a PE ratio of 16.35.

T&T NGL closed at a record high on TTSE on Thursday.

Market activity ended with 14 securities changing hands compared to 13 on Wednesday leading to 3 stocks advancing, 7 declining and 4 holding firm.
A total of 221,067 shares traded at a value of $3,013,733 compared to Wednesday’s trades of 482,160 valued at $15,366,284.
The Composite Index declined by 6.28 points to 1,274.03, the All T&T Index lost 10.08 points to 1,743.57 and the Cross Listed Index was down 0.33 points to close at 108.44.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Gains| The other stock that gained is Clico Investment with a rise of 29 cents, in closing at $20.79 with 71,572 shares valued at $1,486,816.
Losses| Securities declining based on the last traded price are Grace Kennedy losing 4 cents in exchanging 25,000 shares to close at $2.96. JMMB Group closed at $1.88, with a loss of 2 cents trading 1,754 shares, Point Lisas fell 1 cent to $3.89 with 11,128 shares changing hands, Prestige Holdings ended with a loss of 5 cents, at $10.70 with 1,000 units, and Sagicor Financial traded 4 cents lower to $7.91 with 73,828 shares valued at $584,108.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities closing with unchanged prices are Massy Holdings in exchanging 1,484 shares at $49, One Caribbean Media ending at $14 with 23,361 shares valued at $369,054, Trinidad Cementthat traded 650 units at $3.95 while Unilever Caribbean remained at $34 with 1,210 shares trading.